By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, KATSINA
Katsina State Government has approved the creation and establishment of Security Coordinating Centres at the three Senatorial Zones of Katsina, Daura and Funtua.
The Centres were established in order to enhance security coverage and make operations more proactive across the the 34 local government areas of the state.
The state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari disclosed this while presenting year 2021 budget before the state house of Assembly, pointing out that, the resurgence of incidences of cattle rustling, armed banditry and kidnapping for ransom during the first and second quarters of the year 2020 unsettled the relative peace and tranquility of the state.
Governor Bello Masari said his administration is pained by the senseless acts of criminality, much as it made efforts in collaboration with the security agencies towards the protection of lives and properties.
“Apart from the loss of lives and property, these criminal acts have also caused untold economic dislocations of high magnitude, and have as well threatened our food security which is fundamental to the survival of our people,” Governor Masari reiterated.
He assured that, the state government will not rest on its oars and would continue to regularly offer all necessary logistics support to the security agencies to enable them confront and tame the security challenges.
According to him, the government has also awarded contract for the renovation and upgrade of Mobile Police Barracks Katsina at the contract sum of 117,965,367.38 million Naira.
“Our outcry on the situation reached both the Presidency and the high commands of the security agencies, sequel to which series of security assessment visits and stakeholders meetings by federal security and other agencies were convened in Katsina on how to checkmate the security challenges and mitigate their effects on our people,” he said.
He emphasized that, following the recent Presidential directive, Katsina State has witnessed mass deployment of troops of the Nigerian Army and Mobile Police Force that have been stationed in critical positions across the volatile areas of Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Dandume and Sabuwa local government areas.
Consequently, he said there is currently remarkable reduction in the incidents of criminal activities unlike a couple of months back except for sporadic isolated cases on mostly soft targets.
As security agencies continue to route the criminal elements, Governor Aminu Bello Masari appealed to people in the state to avail the security personnel with credible information that would assist them in the successful discharge of this onerous responsibility.
He explained that to give further impetus to the security agencies effort, the state government has established a State Committee on Community Policing and plans are underway for the recruitment of capable and qualified youths in each of the 34 local government areas.
“They will be trained by the Nigeria Police Force and kitted to boost security management in their respective areas.furthermore, we are processing a legislation to provide for the establishment of District and Village Security Committees with membership across critical community stakeholders and with defined duties and responsibilities, aimed at addressing security challenges through community effort,” the Governor assured.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari noted that, the strategies on the ground would bring the much needed succor to people in the state for the continued pursuit of their legitimate endeavours..